Wedgewood Dental

Linda K. Westmoreland , DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Rolla, MO & Salem, MO

Many men and women have dental crowns. According to findings from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns put in place of missing teeth. Linda K. Westmoreland, DDS, at Wedgewood Dental is highly trained and ready to answer your dental crown questions. Call or schedule an appointment if you think you might need a crown. Wedgewood Dental is conveniently located in Rolla, Missouri.

Crowns Q & A

What is a crown?

A dental crown is also called a "cap." It's placed on top of a damaged tooth. It's designed in the shape of the original tooth and can enhance its strength and appearance. The crown is placed on top of the original tooth, completely covering the area of the tooth that can be seen above the gum line. It's sealed in place with a special cement.

Do I need a crown?

Dr. Westmoreland may suggest a crown for many reasons. A crown can cover a dental implant or a discolored or oddly-shaped tooth.

In addition to making a tooth more aesthetically appealing, a crown can serve a practical purpose by strengthening a natural tooth. Crowns can strengthen teeth that are at risk of breaking or that have weakened as a result of large fillings.

Whether you need a crown to improve the look of your smile or the functionality of a tooth, a dental crown can safeguard teeth.

Are there different kinds of crowns?

Dental crown construction has advanced over the years. Crowns can be fashioned out of many materials, including:

  • Stainless steel
  • Gold or another alloy
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

Different materials are used for different purposes. For example, stainless steel is usually the preferred material for temporary crowns. It's common for dentists to use prefabricated stainless steel crowns to cap children's baby teeth.

Metal crowns are durable and able to endure the impact of chewing and biting, but because of their noticeable color, they're usually reserved for use on back molars.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns have a more natural appearance than metal crowns, but they do come with some downsides. For example, the opposing teeth may endure more wear than they would with other types of crowns, and the metal portion of the crown may show as a dark line near the gums.

All-resin crowns are generally a less expensive option, but are also more prone to cracking, whereas all-ceramic crowns are the best option for people who have metal allergies.

What happens when I get a crown?

Wedgewood Dental offers a revolutionary approach to the creation of a ceramic crown that allows you to have a long-lasting, realistic-looking tooth in just one day. Using chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramic (CEREC), a specialized dental technology, your new crown is created in as little as 2 hours — a same-day crown!

The CEREC machine takes a digital impression of your mouth and then creates a ceramic crown while you wait. After preparing your tooth, Dr. Westmoreland secures the new crown in place. Unlike in the past, when getting a crown was an extensive, multi-visit process, you do not need a temporary crown or to come back later to finish the treatment.

To learn more about dental crowns, call Wedgewood Dental or make an appointment online.